Joseph J. Jacobs, the 88-year-old founder and current chairman of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., died Oct. 23. He founded the Pasadena, Califl.-based global engineering and construction company in 1947. It now ranks 12th on the ENR Top 400 Contractors list for 2004, with $2.27 billion in revenue and more than 35,000 employees. Jacobs, born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., of Lebanese descent, and once worked for pharmaceutical maker Merck &Co., now a key client to the company. He earned three chemical engineering degrees from Polytechnic University in New York City, of which he was twice chairman of its board of
LaPonza was one of Meek's final four on 'Average Joe' TV show. (NBC photo by Byron Choen Cleveland cement contractor Fredo LaPonza is back from his two-month adventure as one of the bachelors seeking to win the heart of a beauty on NBC's reality TV show "Average Joe Hawaii." The premise of the show is for the unsuspecting beauty, Larissa Meek, to think she is on spectacular Kona, Hawaii, to meet handsome, sexy men, one of whom might end up to be the man of her dreams. Instead, she meets a whole host of "Average Joes" (some of whom redefine the word
Gavin Abshire Tariq Ayyad Jamey A. Barbas Michael T. Bertoulin Brian Breukelman Joseph G. Burns Fred Chace Tom Groark Don Haase Kenneth Hayes Deborah L. Jacobs Mark Klusza Col. Gregg Martin Cliff Mumm Mysore Nagaraja Kurt A. Nordquist Larry Ouellette Rick Poppe Ahmad Rahimian Brian Silverstein Lou Smith Man-Chung Tang James Timberlake Rob Watson Thomas D. Wosser Many people in many ways serve the best interests of the construction industry. The editors of ENR have chosen the following individuals for achievements covered in the magazine in 2003. One of them is selected annually to win ENR's highest honor, the Award
Elton Long (Photo courtesy of Case Corp.) Elton Long, mechanical engineer who lead the design team that developed the first American-made, integrated loader backhoe, died April 6 in Burlington, Iowa. He was 81 years old. Early in his career, Long designed heavy equipment for American Tractor Co. of Churubusco, Ind. When Case Corp., Racine, Wis., acquired ATC in 1957, Long and his colleagues were in the midst of designing a new type of machine that would eventually become the bread and butter of contractor fleets around the world. After joining Case, Long rivaled the efforts of Joseph Cyril Bamford, founder
Many people in many ways serve the best interests of the construction industry. The editors of ENR have chosen the following individuals for their newsmaking achievements. One of them is selected to win ENR's highest honor, the Award of Excellence. This year's winner Kathi Littmann joins this impressive group. Congratulations to construction's best. Rick Bell Sherwood Boehlert Paul E. Buco Timothy Buresh Denise Casalino Helmut Cerovsek Bryan Denby George E. Famulare Mamdouh Hamza Allyn E. Kilsheimer Eric Ko Kathi Littmann Jerry L. Maxwell Douglas J. McCarron Corbett Nichter Jeff F. Powell Pete K. Rahn Robert T. Ratay James Rossberg Armand
Maybe it was fate that brought Michael Burton not to his Queens, N.Y., office early on Sept. 11, but to lower Manhattan for a meeting at City Halljust a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Or maybe it was destiny that the scrawny kid from Rockland County, N.Y., whose parents toughened him up with karate lessons in seventh grade, would grow up to manage the largest peacetime mobilization of construction forces in the wake of the most unprecedented act of terror the world had ever seen. The calm of a sunny late summer morning was shattered that Tuesday by
Many people in many ways serve the best interests of the construction industry. The editors of ENR have chosen the following individuals for achievements covered in the magazine in 2001. All of those cited here will be honored at lunch and dinner events on April 18, 2002, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. One of them already has been chosen to receive the Award of Excellence, ENR's highest honor, and will be the subject of a cover story in the magazine's April 22 issue. When the Pentagon was struck by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, Dan
Arthur J. Fox was contemplating changes to ENR during his first year as editor-in-chief. Noting that Aviation Week, another McGraw-Hill publication, published an annual feature entitled "Laurels for Last Year," citing individuals who made worthwhile contributions to the aviation industry, Fox felt construction could benefit from its own list of notables.
A joint venture of Skanska, Corman Kokosing Construction Co. and McLean Contracting Co. is moving toward an early 2020 construction start for a $463-million replacement for a 79-year-old bridge across the Potomac River, south of Washington, D.C.